Tea Centre at Churchgate – a review
We visited Tea Centre at Churchgate (in Mumbai) after a gap of several years and on the way we had wondered whether the place had retained its old charm.
It had. The place is almost the same, and it was as if time had stood still. Still one of the most charming places in town. The massive pillars and the widely spaced tables giving one the privacy one wants.
As the name suggests this is a place to to savour your favorite cup of tea. The ones available are almost every kind you can think of, from herbal to masala teas. And ofcourse hot and cold. A wide range of snacks are available too, from pakodas to pies to muffins.
The restaurant has retained its uniqueness over the years. The silver bell with which one calls the waiter is quaint and cute!
This restaurant was started by the Tea Board of India and at the time they never imagined how popular it would become. On many days, it is not possible to get a seat. Its not just the tea, its the atmosphere of the place. Its quiet and peaceful and the patrons are dreadfully decent! There is an in-house Tea Bar and this concept is unique. Here, different blends of tea are made specially for you. Either hot or cold tea is made by combining tea liquor with varied ingredients like fruits, lemon, honey, coconut, and yes, even butter and ice-cream! The novelty of it is great and every kind of tea is a treat. This is surely the kind of place that any lover of food and drink can enjoy, not just a tea lover.
The place is not cheap, but nor is it expensive. Tea and snacks for two could cost upwards of Rs 150/- .
This place is right next to Churchgate station and the best mode of transport is the local train, because getting parking space is difficult!
Update 3rd May 2008: The restaurant has changed ownership and is set for renovation. However could not get the relevant link. It is now closed…one doesn’t know whether the same restaurant will be opened again.